EVALUATE: Separating Fact from Fiction in the Media Morass

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time: 4 – 6 pm

Location: Cranston Public Library (Central), 140 Sockanosset Cross Rd, Cranston, RI 02920


Join the Rhode Island Library Association’s Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART) on October 25th to celebrate the fifth annual "October is Information Literacy Month" in Rhode Island. This year, our theme will be evaluation. We have invited Joanna Burkhardt from the University of Rhode Island to reprise her standing-room only talk from this summer's ALA Annual Conference on fake news for a local audience. After a snack break, we will continue the theme with lightning round presentations on the topic.

Featured Speaker:  Joanna Burkhardt, University of Rhode Island

Fake News!  It’s Worse Than You Think!

Fake news in the digital age has a reach that is far broader and exponentially faster than ever before.  The Internet has no mechanism to measure the accuracy, reliability, authority, or truth in the oceans of information it provides.  Add to this--social media filter bubbles, the rise of bots that automatically collect and disseminate information, the monetization of information, and political motivation to win at any cost—to create a culture of misinformation, confusion and discontent. 

What do students need to know to protect themselves from fake news and to select authoritative, accurate and reliable information? Librarians, get out your superhero capes!  It may be up to us to save the world!


Enrollment is limited. To register, please fill out the form at: https://goo.gl/forms/c38JykIR430THBCt2

RILA Advocates for 

East Greenwich High School Library

The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) is working with the School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI) and the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) to urge the East Greenwich Public School Department, the Superintendent and School Committee to hire a full-time credentialed school library media specialist for their high school. RILA has submitted an advocacy letter on behalf of this important cause.

Please stay tuned for updates and let us know your thoughts!

Kieran Ayton, RILA President

Emerging Technologies Librarian

Interim Head of Digital Initiatives

Rhode Island College


Julie Holden, RILA Vice President

Assistant Director

Cranston Public Library


P.O. Box 6765 - Providence, RI - 02940

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